The Humiliation of Typos

It happens to everyone! You send a client email, post a blog, or shoot off a mass Facebook message, and as the message is being transported through cyberspace, you see a glaring typo.

I just hit send on a LinkedIn message, and when I received a copy in my email — BOOM — typo in the title. Oh the agony! Oh the humiliation!

When I noticed the mistake, I thought I may die. How unprofessional I must appear!

But there is not one thing I can do about it. Even if I changed careers tomorrow, the typo would still be imprinted on the minds of everyone who opens the message. (By the way, this topic is totally taboo for copywriters. I hope I don’t wake up to eggs on my car.)

The point is, if you send an email or social media message with a typo, don’t send another to bring the error to light. If someone points it out, politely explain that you were mortified when you saw it yourself. You can try to learn from your mistakes, but you’ll probably be the author of a typo again.

I’m not saying that typos are excusable. I would like to mention that Webster’s Dictionary has typos, and so do Stephen King novels. Do you have any idea how many editors reviewed those texts before they went to print? There are books, websites, blogs, and forums dedicated to the topic of typos.

In the age of texting, emails, social networking, everyone — EVERYONE — has sent out a message with a typo. It’s not professional, but it is inevitable. It is also, most assuredly, a bummer.